SuperApple.cz is reporting that Apple’s new rechargeable AA batteries introduced just last month, are actually rebranded Sanyo Eneloop batteries. In all likelihood, this indeed is the Sanyo Eneloop cells, specifically the model of HR-3UTG because they correspond to physical parameters of the articles (new articles Eneloop tests show essentially the same value) but also measured […]
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Apple's Rechargeable AA Batteries Supplied by Sanyo?

SuperApple.cz is reporting that Apple’s new rechargeable AA batteries introduced just last month, are actually rebranded Sanyo Eneloop batteries.

In all likelihood, this indeed is the Sanyo Eneloop cells, specifically the model of HR-3UTG because they correspond to physical parameters of the articles (new articles Eneloop tests show essentially the same value) but also measured the capacity – if you view the document producer , you’ll find it is these cells are indicated by the minimum capacity of 1900 mAh, then the regular 2000 mAh and Apple in this case decided to set the guaranteed capacity, although it is less beneficial according to the manufacturer, and according to our measurements.

To be fair, did we really expect Apple to be making these things from scratch? That’s a lot of work, and at least one new factory. Additionally, Sanyo’s Eneloop batteries have been on sale since 2006.

With all that said, the charger that these batteries come with does appear to be a pure Apple creation. The report claims that there is no third-party branding on any of the device’s components. Also worth noting is the fact that the charger only uses 30 milliwatts when the batteries reach full charge. That is the lowest “vampire draw” in the industry. Nearly 10X lower than the average.

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